Rape charges dropped

Published 1:15 pm Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Charges of rape, abduction and assault and battery against three Red House men have been either not prosecuted or dismissed by a Charlotte Circuit Court judge.

Yusif Harris, 23; Kaseem Hashim, 23; and Jalaludin Conner, 29, were indicted for a second time June 8 for allegedly abducting and raping a female in March 2013.

According to Charlotte County Commonwealth’s Attorney William “Bill” Green Jr., the charges were dismissed or found nolle prosequi based on the desires of the alleged victim. 

The alleged victim’s father made the initial call to police on March 27, 2013, more than a week after the incident allegedly occurred. The victim was 16 at the time; Harris and Hashim were 19, and Conner was 24.

“He said that his 16-year-old daughter was picked up (in a car) at Walmart in Appomattox and raped by three guys near Red House, and then dropped off near Madisonville,” according to the initial incident report from the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.

The report stated the alleged victim knew Harris, Hashim and Conner prior to the incident and was friends with another person riding in the car.

This is the second time indictments have been served regarding this case. All three were indicted for rape, without the abduction charge, on Feb. 5, 2014.

After two years of hearings, a judge dropped Hashim and Conner’s rape charges March 9, 2016.

The grand jury then indicted Hashim and Conner for both rape and abduction on June 8 and added abduction to Harris’.

Harris and Conner’s charge of abduction with intent to defile was dismissed and their charge of rape by force or threat was not prosecuted.

Hashim’s charge of assault and battery was dismissed and his charge of rape by force or threat was not prosecuted Aug. 9.